The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 6 October 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501006-JWC-TC-01; CL 25: 251-252


Sunday [6 October 1850]

I have just filled four pages of note-paper to you and—laid it in the fire! So now I will avoid a similar misapplication of time and labour by sticking to things needful to be said— The best train for you is the one I came by, which leaves Waterloo at one o'clock and reaches Andover1 soon after three—it does not stop at Vauxhall2 remember— If you take this one you will have deliberate time for breakfasting and doing your usual morning odds and ends. If you avoid fatiguing yourself before you start there will be little to fatigue you after—

Be sure you bring warm clothes with you—for it is much chiller here than in London— I came away too thinly provided, not having had time to make the due transition out of summer gowns into winter ones, and have had a good many uncomfortable hours therefrom— Please bid Emma seek up the old claret coloured Merino gown I was wearing in the mornings at home, and bring it with you; it wont mind being squeezed, provided it be neatly folded; there is also in my wardrobe shelf a knitted blackwoolen spencer which would be welcome. Further—you must leave Emma some little money.—I did not put her on board wages when I came away according to my practice, the whole business looked so unsettled—I told her to get the meat she needed from the Butcher and left her half a sovereign in hand to account to me for—if you give her another half sovereign on the same principle, that will do I should think—

I have a servant ready to come to me on my return—an ugly but very pleasant and sharp looking one—but there will be plenty of time to tell you all about that when you come here. Thackeray is here—arrived yesterday—greatly to the discomfort of Henry Taylor evidently who had “had the gang all to himself” so long— First he (Thackeray) wrote he was coming—then Lady A put him off on account of some punch-offence to the Taylors—then Thackeray wrote an apology to Taylor!!— then Lady A wrote he was to come after all, and went to Winchester to meet him, and Taylor sulked all yester evening and today is solemn to death—in fact he had been making a sort of superior Agapemone here in which he was the Mr Price The Spirit of Love3—and no wonder he dislikes the turn that has been given to things by the arrival of the Spirit of Punch

Coln Rawlinson comes tomorrow—Kinglake4 with Brookfield on the 15th—and a great clerical dinner to the Bishop of Winchester5 comes off on Tuesday, so that you will happily escape— Poor dear little Nero I am so glad he knows you and showed himself “capable of a profound sentiment of affection” in spite of your disbelief

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